Which Foods Affect Our Kids' Brains?
Our Kids’ Brains
The brain grows faster in the first year of life than at any other time. These are important years of social and academic learning and brain development is critically important to support these changes. 90% of a child’s brain is developed before the age of 5. Why is that fact so important? Well, this is a critical time for nutrients to get to that growing brain and as parents we want to grow the healthiest brain possible for our kids.
Foods That Affect Our Kids’ Brains
Foods that are highly processed, full of sugar and unhealthy fats, laden with artificial colors and sweeteners affect our kids ability to focus and concentrate, manage their moods, sleep well and contribute to learning difficulties, allergies and frequent infections. REAL FOOD is the answer. Healthy Fats to support a growing brain that is made up on 60% fat is the first place to start. Nuts, seeds, nut butters, wild salmon, avocados, flaxseed and olives help give our kids’ brain the boost of Omega 3 that is so lacking in the traditional western diet.
Our Kids’ Brains Do Need Sugar
What kind of sugar you ask? The kind of sugar that comes from fresh fruits and veggies. The kind of sugar in fresh fruit and veggies are slow release carbs that helps stabilize blood sugar so our kids can think well. How about a plain yogurt with some fresh fruit for a snack?
The role of grow foods are to help your kids’ body grow up healthy. Think colors of the rainbow:
Red - Strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers, apples, raspberries, beets, and grapes.
Orange/Yellow - papaya, mango, apricots, bananas, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes
Green - grapes, broccoli, kale, lettuce and spinach and green beans
Blue/Purple - blueberries, plums, eggplant, grapes, red onion, cabbage
White - garlic, cauliflower, potatoes, parsnips, onions
One way to get those fruits and veggies into you and your kids is with a smoothie. It’s a sweet treat that is sweetened with the natural sugars of the fruit and veggies :)
Satisfying Smoothie Recipe
1 - 6 oz cup of plain yogurt - greek, organic or dairy free
1 cup of frozen fruit - Organic strawberries, blueberries, mango or whatever you have
1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk or the milk of your choice
1 tsp - 1 TBSP of Essential Fatty Acid
1 TBSP of ground flaxseed
Almond butter or another nut butter can be added for additional protein.
Mix and enjoy :)
It’s extremely important to get into the habit of reading labels at the grocery store before you bring the food home. Once it’s home it will be eaten so it’s best to do the detective work at the grocery store to protect a derailment of this health journey you and your kids are on. Label reading doesn’t have to be hard. Just remember the first few ingredients are what is mostly in the food you are purchasing. For example, if whole wheat flour is the #1 ingredient, then you know that that item is made mostly from whole wheat flour. Also note if there are any words that you cannot pronounce as well as any artificial colors such as Red #40. Steer clear of that.
In closing, I just want to encourage you. YOU CAN DO THIS and I am here to help.
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Until next time,
About the author: Mary is a wife of 22 years and mom to three children, one who has ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder. She is also a Certified Health Coach and loves to serve her clients through a Free Facebook group, Online and In-Person Individual Family Coaching and Group Coaching programs. She is also a self published author of "Food & The Brain" a book about how food affects our brains and the creator of "Grocery Store to Table" a program with a proven approach to helping your child accept new foods into their diets.